Austin S. Camacho's Blog – September 2009 Archive (23)

Murder for Charity

Hannibal Jones stars in "The Gift of Murder," in one of 19 great stories featuring Christmas crimes, Chanukah homicide, Kwanzaa killings, and some stories that combine all three! This is truly inspired short fiction from the likes of Agatha and Anthony award nominee Elizabeth Zelvin, Anthony Award winner Bill Crider, and Kris Neri (Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award nominee.) Learn more on my main blog, Another Writer's Life.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 30, 2009 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Author Update

I signed a lot of books and made a bunch of new friends in the last few days. During the 3-day weekend the Borders chain welcomed me in Silver Spring and Waldorf, MD, and Manassas, VA. I want to thank all those managers for making me feel welcome, for promoting me to their customers, and most of all for ordering my novels!



Also last week, our pet Princess the Wonder Cat received her first fan letter. It came from a miniature long-haired dachshund named Princess Primrose. Princess… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 29, 2009 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Meet Me in MD or VA

Just a reminder that today my book signing is at Borders, 8518 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD from 2 pm to 6 pm.

TOMORROW I head back to the big Borders at 11270 Bulloch Dr, Manassas VA. Just two miles from historic Bull Run Battlefield, this store offers a real literary getaway with enjoyable atmosphere. That book signing, starts at 1 pm and ends at 5 pm

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 25, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Meet Me in MD Tomorrow

This will be a big Borders Superstore weekend for me, on local tour for Russian Roulette. On Friday, I introduce the book to my friends in Historic Downtown Silver Spring from 2 pm to 6 pm. That Borders is at 8518 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 24, 2009 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Word Play

Over the weekend I had another chat about the inconsistent rules of our language. For example, if a person who plays the piano is called a pianist, why isn't a person who drives a race car called a racist? And I’ve wondered about occasional tables. What are they the rest of the time?

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 23, 2009 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

This Year's Holiday Anthology

also got a mention last week on the Criminal Brief blog, along with the 18 other authors from across the U.S. and Canada who donated short stories to this year's mystery anthology for the Toys for Tots Foundation. The book, "The Gift of Murder," contains nineteen stories of crimes occurring during Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and some of the stories even combine all three holidays. All profits go to the Toys for Tots… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 22, 2009 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Read A Great New Thriller - Free!

I like to direct you to sources of great reading. To my surprise, this time that means pointing you to Politics Daily.com.



The real news is that thriller author extraordinaire James Grady is back. Don’t know Grady’s work? Well, his very first novel, “Six Days of the Condor” set the bar high for spy stories with a realistic feel, and the Robert Redford film adaptation did the same for spy movies.



Grady has turned out several great books and scripts since then including a… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 21, 2009 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Author Update

It’s always both fun and rewarding to support the Washington D.C. Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. I spent much of Saturday at their third annual September Sale. Yes, I signed a handful of novels, but I also spent time with some artists and writers I both like and respect, and explored the Charles Sumner Museum for the first time. If you’re in the DC area, you should check it out. It’s practically across the street from the National Geographic Museum, another overlooked… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Meet Me Tomorrow in Washington DC

Saturday the Washington D.C. Branch of the National League of American Pen Women sponsors its third annual September Sale, and I’ll be signing my novels there. This free event features a wide array of arts. So aside from my books you’ll find silk, glass, and juried artists, jewelers, other authors, musicians and more. A percentage of all sales will go to the Pen Arts Building Fund to help restore the historical headquarters of the League as well as the D.C. Branch itself. So come join the… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 18, 2009 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review and Tonight's interview

I like to share reviews of my work, especially from my newer fans. Today I’d like to introduce you to Marcus McMahon.



I met Marcus at the Borders in Springfield Mall. He was shopping with his wife and two kids but stopped long enough to pick up a copy of Russian Roulette. He recently sent me an e-mail filled with compliments for the book and promises to read the rest of the series. I know people with families only have a limited amount of free time so I am always flattered when… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 17, 2009 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Make the Selling Fun

Writers – Want some tips for selling your work at the Bouchercon mystery convention? Check my blog - http://ascamacho.blogspot.com

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 17, 2009 at 6:04am — No Comments

Radio Interview

I’m the guest on the American Heroes Radio program tomorrow. Starting at 8 pm Eastern I’ll spend an hour answering questions about my writing, book promotion and probably my military time. They also break up the show with interesting news and commentary. And not only can you listen in, you can call in and be part of the conversation. I’d love to hear from all of you Thursday night.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 16, 2009 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Author Update

I signed books at the Borders Express in Fair Oaks Mall Saturday but it was a bit disappointing because their shipment of books didn’t arrive. We had only the few leftovers from my last signing. But at least one new friend stopped by to say hi (Hey, Laura!) so it wasn’t a total loss.



And then I found that someone had created a new web page for me on their web site! It’s on the American Heroes Press… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 15, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Meet Me in VA Tomorrow

There is a nice little Borders Express in Fair Oaks Mall and that’s where I’ll spend Saturday afternoon. It’s a nice, big shopping area with more than 180 specialty stores, services and restaurants. I’ll do my book signing thing starting at 1 pm there. Come find me at this Mall in Fairfax VA

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 11, 2009 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Do It Yourself?

Writers! Thinking of self-publishing? Read my blog first at - http://ascamacho.blogspot.com

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 10, 2009 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review

I like to share reviews of my work, and today I’d like to introduce you to Hope Rutherford.



I met Hope at Borders Express at the Waldorf Mall in Maryland. It was my last event there before the store closed. I signed a copy of Blood and Bone for her, and recently Hope sent me an e-mail with a long, detailed critique of the book. She had some very nice things to say, but I can’t share all of her comments because it would give too much of the story away. I can say that I was very happy… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 8, 2009 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you all will be doing something that is NOT work today to celebrate Labor Day. I sometimes remind my coworkers that my job isn’t my life. I have a job so I can afford to have a life.

Remember, as Elbert Hubbard said, the man who doesn't relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 7, 2009 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Author Update

Yesterday it seemed there were few people in town – at least book buying people. Borders in Gateway Center was unusually quiet. Still, many of the people who did come to the store stopped to chat with me and a surprising number went home with one of my novels. It turned out to be a very good book signing.



Also this week my novel Russian Roulette received yet another rave review, this time on the online… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 7, 2009 at 6:56am — No Comments

Meet Me Tomorrow in MD

Saturday I stop in at the Borders in Gateway Center. That signing is from 2 pm to 6 pm. The store is at 4420 Mitchellville Rd, Bowie, MD, right across from the Bowie Baysox stadium. Come say hi while I’m there.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 4, 2009 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Meet Me in the Airport Tomorrow

Friday I’ll greet high flyers at the Borders in Ronald Reagan National Airport. It’s the one airport bookstore you can get to without going through security. I’m hoping for a busy travel weekend, at least between 1 pm and 5 pm when I’m there.

Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 3, 2009 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

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